Attiya Latif

University of Virginia

A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, Attiya Latif is a Jefferson Scholar in her fourth year of study at the University of Virginia, where she majors in Political and Social Thought and plans to write a thesis on gender equity in Islamic theology. Attiya is a TEDx speaker on women's rights and the hijab, as well as a contributor to the Huffington Post. A passionate activist, Attiya was the Chair of the Minority Rights Coalition, the Chair and Founder of World Hijab Day at UVA, and the Chair of Eliminate the Hate, a campaign that she spearheaded in order to combat the rise in hate crimes at UVA. Attiya is currently the Student Director of UVA’s Multicultural Student Center, and is also a Truman Scholar. She was also honored by the University of Virginia as a recipient of the John T. Casteen III Award for excellence in leadership, inclusion, and advocacy for diversity. Last summer, Attiya worked as a legal and policy intern for KARAMAH, an NGO for Muslim women’s rights. There, she worked on cases of domestic violence, wrote policy briefs to the DOJ about hate crimes against Muslim women, and researched female genital mutilation in the United States. She has also received a Harrison Grant to engage in novel research on intersectional advocacy in cases of discrimination against Muslim women. Next year, Attiya will pursue an MSt in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford and an MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh.